The North Carolina Mountains Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Carolina Mountains - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

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The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway gently winds through mountains and meadows and crosses mountain streams for more than 469 mi on its...

Craggy Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Located at an elevation of 5,500 to 6,000 feet, Craggy Gardens has some of the parkway's most colorful displays of rhododendrons, usually...

Emerald Village

  • Mine

You can tour an underground mine or dig for gems or pan for gold (buckets are salted with the precious substances) at one of seven mines...

Grandfather Mountain

  • Museum/Gallery

Soaring to almost 6,000 feet, Grandfather Mountain is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305. The state parks system owns 2,456...

Julian Price Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Green spaces along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain include this park, which has hiking, canoeing on a mountain lake,...

Linville Caverns

  • Cave

The only caverns in the Carolinas, they go 2,000 feet beneath Humpback Mountain and have a year-round temperature of 52°F. ...

Linville Falls

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

A ½-mi hike from the visitor center leads to one of North Carolina's most-photographed waterfalls. The easy trail winds through evergreens...

Moses H. Cone Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

A turn-of-the-20th-century manor house here is now used for the Parkway Craft Center , which sells fine work by area craftspeople. Here...

Mt. Mitchell State Park

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This park includes the 6,684-foot Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain peak east of the Rockies. The summit was named after Elisha Mitchell,...

Mt. Pisgah

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The 5,721-foot Mt. Pisgaht is one of the most easily recognized peaks around Asheville due to the television tower installed there in...